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Another mentally challenged minor raped, accused apprehended

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TURA, March 21: In another shocker of an incident, a 9 year old mentally challenged girl was raped on Wednesday in the town of Tikrikilla. The incident comes close on the heels of another minor raped in the same town. The incident shook the small border town with NGOs and the local populace coming out strongly in protest against the incident and asking the Police Administration to ensure the rapist was taken to task according to the law while also asking that bail not be given in the case.

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Purno dwarfs Daryl in assets declaration

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Tura, March 21: National People's Party (NPP) candidate for Tura Lok Sabha seat, Purno A Sangma, Friday declared his assets worth Rs. 3,12,53,504 crore in his affidavit.
His wife's asset is shown worth Rs. 18,26,61,114 crore, totaling to Rs. 21,39,14,618 crore when added with Purno’s assets.
This include movable assets worth 61,97,504 and his wife's 3,98,62,168, immovable assets worth 2,50,56,000 and his wife's 14,27,98,946.

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Purno sacrificed his children’s career for own ambitions, denying youth opportunities: Mukul

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SHILLONG, March 20: Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma Thursday accused former Lok Sabha Speaker and NPP Supremo, Purno A Sangma, of putting his ambitions above his children’s career and denying youth their rightful opportunities to become leaders of future.
Taking a jibe at Purno’s decision to return to active politics, Dr Sangma said, “A person (Purno) who claimed that he is building younger generation to take care of the future of the state has not only thrown his own daughter but has taken over the seat for himself.”

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Literary giant Khushwant Singh dies at 99 after 'rich, full life'

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New Delhi, March 20 (IANS): Khushwant Singh, author, journalist, commentator, wit and raconteur par excellence, died at his home here Thursday morning, in his 100th year of birth, after having led a life that, in the words of his son, "touched the stars" and left an indelible and acerbic mark on Indian journalism and contemporary writing.
He died quietly at his leafy Sujan Singh Park apartment, a landmark for oldtimers of the capital, a city in whose construction his grandfather, Sir Sujan Singh, had a big hand. Pre-deceased by his wife Kawal, he is survived by son Rahul and daughter Mala. He would have been 100 on Feb 2, 2015.

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Congress is in ICU, Mukul CM of Ampati not Meghalaya: Purno

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Garoland deserves serious thought, favours dialogue for peace
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TURA, March 20: Former Lok Sabha Speaker and NPP National President, Purno A Sangma, flayed the Congress led Government in the centre as well as the state while addressing the first rally for his campaign in Adokgre, bordering Assam. The veteran leader said that the Congress was in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and was aware that it would not survive the next elections. Also lambasting Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma for utter chaos and lawlessness in the state, Purno called him “Chief Minister of Ampati and not Meghalaya”.
The veteran politician addressed the gathering from a wheel chair as he had a fall recently due to his high blood pressure and injured his ligament. He has been on wheel chair for 10 days now. He, however, came out all guns blazing to flay the Congress led Government.

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Williamnagar Gang Rape: 6 accused convicted

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TURA, March 20: In a major boost to the people who have been fighting the increasing incidents of crimes against women, the Tura Fast Track Court on Thursday convicted six of the 16 people who were responsible for the incident.
The Williamnagar gang rape of an 18-yr old girl had shocked not only the whole state, but the whole country as well. The rape which has been well documented saw the victim brutally gang raped by 16 boys and men on December 16, 2012, during the Winter Festival being held at Williamnagar.

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Mukul presents Rs 527 crore deficit budget for 2014-15

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Tax on tobacco and related products increased by 20%
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SHILLONG, March 19: Meghalaya Chief Minister on Wednesday presented a deficit budget of Rs 527 crore for 2014-15 before the House, with the proposed Plan Budget being Rs 4,545 crore. He informed that tax on tobacco and related products has been increased by 20 percent and there are proposals to increase tax on liquor and bring textile products under the tax net, with the government also examining a proposal for upward revision of rates on sand and stone.
“I am presenting the 2014-15 budget with a fiscal deficit of Rs 527 crore, which is around 2.2 per cent of GSDP, and well within the parameters laid down by the State’s Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act,” Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma, who holds the finance portfolio, said while presenting his Budget Speech in the Assembly on the last day of the Budget Session on Wednesday here.
Presenting the budget estimates, he said, “During 2014-15, the revenue receipts are estimated at Rs 11.128 crore and capital receipts at Rs 692 crore. Excluding borrowings and other liabilities, the total receipts are estimated to be Rs 11,156 crore.”
Stating that the plan grants from the Centre are expected to be Rs 6,527 crore, he said, “I have estimated the state’s own revenue at Rs 1,886 crore.”

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